San Luis Obispo's Favorite Tobacco Shop.

“Premium Cigars, Tobacco & Requisites”

About Us

The Sanctuary Tobacco Shop was established in 1992, when Doug Shaw purchased the existing tobacco shop. The downtown location has been a tobacco shop since 1973. Doug remodeled the store in 1993 to bring out the character of the century old building; he exposed the brick walls, introduced rich hard woods, and refinished the wood floor. It was at this time Doug added a lounge/loft that, to this day, many of our customers do not notice until they hear voices from above. Feel free to come on down and join us for a relaxing cigar or pipe full and experience a traditional tobacco shop.

At The Sanctuary there is one saying that defines us: “The only work free, smoke place in San Luis Obispo.” The Sanctuary we strives to have a relaxing atmosphere for all of our customers to enjoy. We carry a full line of handmade cigars, pipes as well as all the smoking requisites you will need. In recent years we have added a selection men’s gifts. Come on down and join Doug and the regulars for a relaxing afternoon.  Good smokes, good fellowship and good friends.

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Fremont, CA

I came here a few weeks back. I called to make sure that they are open and Douglas Shaw said come in we are open late today. This is a little gem in SLO. They have a great walk-in humidor and good selection of cigars pipe tobacco and cigar accessories ...

Mar 5, 2017
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Eliza J.
Avila Beach, CA

I've been patronizing the Sanctuary Tobacco Shop for 13 years.  I've never been disappointed with service.  My husband has never been disappointed with cigars. Doug and Kevin are friendly, professional, and informative.  They know their tobaccos, very knowledgeable. From cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobaccos, lighters, rolling papers you'll definitely find what you ...

Jan 26, 2017
Mike Terry

Excellent service with a decent selection and a lounge to enjoy your stick...what more Cana brother or sister of the leaf ask for? I will stop by here every time I'm in town!

Sep 8, 2016
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Jim B.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Stopped by this place in SLO for a cigar - awesome place! Great selection, the regulars are great to talk to - very diverse crowd and fun conversations.  Doug, the proprietor really knows his stuff and goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcome. If your a cigar ...

Jul 29, 2016
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Irish M.
Chula Vista, CA

This is a great, legitimate, cigar, pipe and tobacco shop. There isn't a hookah or vapes anywhere inside! Doug carries a very well chosen selection of cigars. If you're a pipe smoker, you'll feel right at home. The Sanctuary carries a wonderful selection of blends, a few of their own ...

Jan 17, 2016

Contact Us


Monday - Saturday: 11a - 6p

Thursday: 11a - 9p

Sunday: 12 - 4p

1111 Chorro St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4406
Directions | (805) 543-1958